Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Sonoma State University
With over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, in both public and private sector, Kenber currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Sonoma State University, one of the twenty-three California's State Universities. She has extensive knowledge and a successful track record in complex employment issues in the higher education environment. She holds multiple professional certifications in HR, Payroll and Benefits. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Drexel University. She is experienced in both state and federal employment law, as well as California’s State Education Code, which governs K-14 and the State University systems. Her specific areas of expertise include contract negotiations/ language interpretation, certificated and classified compensation, talent management, recruitment and EEO compliance, and change management. Tammy holds a green belt in Six Sigma as well certifications in both Lean and 5S. During her recent tenure at Sonoma State, Kenber has led the initiative to convert the campus to smoke-free, which became effective 7/1/2015 as well as served on a system-wide committee to implement a common HRIS. Prior to Sonoma State, Tammy worked at Sierra Joint Community College District which is located in the Sierra Foothills with its main campus in Rocklin, and three additional campuses in Roseville, Grass Valley and Tahoe/Truckee. The college has approximately 2,500 employees and serves approximately 25,000 students in Northern California. During her tenure at Sierra, she was instrumental in the district’s implementation of a new integrated ERP system, the deployment of an online employee self-service portal, a district-wide document-imaging system and the successful renewal of three collective bargaining agreements 2012-2015. Tammy served as President of the N14 CHRO (Chief Human Resources Officers) Council for 2012/13 and the Council’s Vice President for 2013/14. She also served as a board member and officer for the college’s employee benefits trust, and Vice President of the Management Senate which served as a recommending body to the President on matters affecting the district at large. Prior to Sierra, Tammy worked for the California State Department of Development Services, Sutter Health and ADP, a large HRIS/Payroll services provider. Tammy has a solid HR background in both private and public sector as well as a reputation for being fair and collaborative. She is passionate about people and believes every employee has intrinsic value and the capacity to contribute. Her leadership style is open, service-oriented and developmental. She’s a creative problem solver whose sense of humor, genuine appreciation for people, and resourcefulness in finding cost-effective solutions have helped her to succeed and forge solid, long-lasting, positive work relationships. Tammy lives in Northern California with her husband, Dan, and youngest daughter, Sydney. Her older daughter, Mariah, is a senior at UC Davis pursuing a degree in Neurobiology.